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attacking the Reti
I am looking for a way to get an attacking game against the Reti opening. I already play the dutch leningrad against it and it works well for me but I would like other options if they are out there. Any ideas? It would be nice if there was some gambit I could play.
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The Reti is very flexible and non-commital. I doubt any gambit would really be worth anything. The Dutch is my choice too, and I think that it's a great choice. The only options I can think of are to either play a classical d-pawn set-up or go hypermodern to match white. But for someone who plays the Dutch and wants a gambit, I doubt either appeal to you.
After a bit of consideration, I think that there may be a possible gambit you could play. 1. c4 b5 is a known gambit, though I hear it's bad (not sure how any of the lines go or anything though). You could try to get a set-up where you respond to white's eventual c4 (if he plays it that way) with ...b5. I haven't given this too much thought, but I'm sure there's some way to make this work out.
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Actually I generally don't mind a more positional game. I do play hypermodern and d pawn setups as black. However, I have a hard time getting an advantage against my more positional opponents. I often get good winning chances if I can get an attacking game somehow. Also I the focus of my study is tactics right now and It would be better if I can maximize my opportunities for getting a tactical game. Thanks for the advice. The b5 gambit may be interesting if it is accepted. However the possibility of simply declinning it with 4. c5 concerns me. Maybe this is why it is considered bad. Probably the dutch is the best way to get an attacking game. But do you think it may be possible to castle queenside and play the reti like a sicilian dragon with the colors reversed?
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1. Nf3,b5 and 2. ...,Bb7 gives black a good game.
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If White declines ...b5 with c5, Black then has ...Nc6 &/or Bb7 for positional play--not to mention the advanced b pawn can be used to dislodge a Knight on c3 via ...b4. Give it a try & see how it works for you!
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I'll have to try it.The idea has not occurred to me before. Thanks. :)